There has been no work of that kind by us. There has been in the United States, especially in Massachusetts, where a good deal of that work has been done under a commission appointed to in-
vestigate the cost of food. We have utilized these figures as a basis on which to go in making estimates. We have no such estimates in Canada on which to base our figures. I consider myself that although the exports of dairy products have decreased there is no reason to suppose for a moment that that is a proof that the production has decreased. But we have other data to go upon which enable us to*say with a firm conviction of the truth of the statement that the production has increased and that to-day in Canada the production of dairy products, that is, milk and its products, is at the least $100,000,000 a year and that that is at least $20,000,0000 greater than was the product of the cows in 1903. The dairy commissioner goes on to say:-
Our home market is growing at the rate of $2,000,000 a year, and it is already by far the most important one that we have, in point of volume, as it takes fully four times as much as there is surplus for export.
You will see, therefore, how very important it is in these calculations and discussions not to discard the home market and not for a moment to base our estimates or our contentions upon the export trade.
Subtopic: CATTLE, SHEEP AND SWINE.